National Day parade ends; 4,000 Romanian and foreign servicemen marched under Arch of Triumph
Bucharest, Dec 1 /Agerpres/ - Approximately 4,000 Romanian and foreign servicemen from all categories of forces marched, on Saturday, December 1, in the National Day Military Parade taking place at the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest.
The parade debuted with the review of the Honor Guard by President Klaus Iohannis, followed by the national anthem played to a 21-gun salute. The President laid a wreath at the Arch of Triumph and held a moment of silence in the memory of the heroes who've fallen on the battlefields of the world wars and in the foreign theaters of operations.
This year, the parade was opened, for the first time, by the Air Force.
Servicemen and specialists of the Ministry of National Affairs (MApN), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Protection and Security Service (SPP) and the National Penitentiary Administration, along 200 military vehicles and 50 aircraft, with 500 foreign servicemen from allied or partner countries among them, participated on Saturday, in the Military Parade organized on the occasion of the National Day of Romania.
According to the MApN, the detachments of foreign servicemen came from Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechia, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Moldova, Slovakia, the United States of America, Turkey and Ukraine.
The military parade was also attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea, President of the Constitutional Court of Romania Valer Dorneanu, ministers, members of Parliament, former heads of state Emil Constantinescu and Traian Basescu, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest, party leaders, representatives of the Army and veterans. AGERPRES (RO - author: Florentina Peia, editor: Mirela Barbulescu; EN - editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)